Consumer Reports reveals "good food gone bad"

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April 9, 2014 4:55:14 PM PDT
There is a growing trend of turning seemingly healthy food into something closer to junk food.

If you're trying to eat healthy, beware! There are some trick foods out there.

Take popcorn, for example. It's a great snack, full of fiber but low on calories, when it's air-popped.

But when companies start adding in salt, sugar, or cheese, it's not so healthy anymore.

But popcorn isn't the only food on the Consumer Reports list of 'Good Food, Gone Bad.'

Peanut butter is good-for-you - mostly peanuts and loaded with protein.

But Jif now has Hazelnut Chocolate spread, to compete with the popular Nutella spread.

Check their labels - The leading ingredients are sugar and vegetable oil and it provides far less protein than peanut butter.

Nutella has 21 grams of sugar - that's 5 teaspoons worth.

Athena Hohenberg, a mom from California, is suing Nutella for what she says are inflated nutrition claims when the popular sandwich spread is loaded with sugar and saturated fat.

White turkey and chicken meat are some of the best sources of low-fat protein.

But if you buy it packaged, like this Oscar Mayer Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, watch out for added sodium. Just two ounces has 510 milligrams. That's 21-percent of the daily limit.

Low-fat yogurt is another food that's usually healthy. But not if it's topped with chocolate balls or cookie crumbles. This yogurt has 26 grams of sugar and 6 grams of fat.

Also, beware of packaged smoothies, even if they make a lot of healthy claims.

"This is what it's called. But this is what it is. When you read the nutrition facts label you find out it actually is about 500 calories per bottle, and 34 grams of sugar!," says Tod Marks of Consumer Reports.

You're better off making your own smoothies, or topping your yogurt with fresh fruit.

That way, you control the amount of sugar and keep foods that are good for you, still good for you!

Action News reached out to all the companies mentioned in the Consumer Report.

"Oscar Meyer" says they have other varieties with less sodium available.

And "Naked Juice" also offers different products to meet other nutritional needs.

The bottom line - take a moment to read the label on the back, not just what is on the front of the package.

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